Promoting Precise Mathematical Language

Promoting Precise Mathematical Language
Why teach math vocabulary? The Standards for Mathematics emphasize that mathematically proficient students communicate precisely to others; however, the language of mathematics can often be confusing. Lack of knowledge of math vocabulary can hinder achievement. What makes math vocabulary different…
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Differentiating in Math

Differentiating in Math
What is differentiation in math? Differentiation in math is responsive teaching that stems from teachers’ understanding of how teaching and learning occurs. Differentiation is responding to varied learners’ needs for more structure or more independence, more practice or greater challenge,…
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New Resources in grade 5!!!

This school year we have some new resources linked in your Instructional Guides. In addition to the GCGs, PowerPoints, and Assessments, you will find 3 new resources, Unit Summaries, Parent Partnership Homework, and Distributed Practice to assist you as you…
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Look what’s new in grade 5!!!

Look what’s new in grade 5!!!
Based on teacher feedback, Unit 1 has been decomposed into three mini-units along with a performance task to assess the big idea in that mini-unit. There were still be a summative assessment at the end of the unit which assesses…
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Using Five Frames to reinforce positive choices

Using Five Frames to reinforce positive choices
Have you ever thought about using Five Frames to reinforce positive choices within the classroom? The first few months of school are spent building community within the classroom. Part of building community is reinforcing positive choices. Teachers use a variety…
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How to Get Your Students Talking About Math

How to Get Your Students Talking About Math
Do you find it difficult to get your students to talk about math? Do you feel like the quality of their discussions could improve? Here are four steps that will increase the success of accountable talk in your class! Step…
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Distributed Practice – What’s the point?

Distributed Practice – What’s the point?
Sure, you’ve probably heard “distributed practice” mentioned by your math coach or in a math training, or you’ve seen that hyperlinked arrow on the second slide of each GCG PowerPoint…but you may have found yourself asking, “What’s the point of…
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Rubrics – Why use them in the math class?

Rubrics – Why use them in the math class?
What are rubrics? A rubric is an assessment tool that lists specific expectations for the solution to a problem, group/partner work, self-assessment or success with a specific task. The rubric should be clear, kid-friendly and concise. It’s even better when…
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How do we find and fill the holes? – A Mathematics Learning Trajectory Tool

How do we find and fill the holes? – A Mathematics Learning Trajectory Tool
While the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS) were designed to incorporate the 3 major shifts of focus, coherence and rigor, it can be easy to get so focused on a grade level, that the coherence across grade levels can get lost.…
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NEW Resources????

NEW Resources????
NEW resources???? That is right!!! This school year you will see some new resources linked in your Instructional Guides. In addition to the GCGs, PowerPoints, and Assessments, you will find 3 new resources, Unit Summaries, Parent Partnership Homework, and Distributed…
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Math Journaling Top 10

Math Journaling Top 10
Math journaling can be an essential strategy for students applying their understanding of concepts with written proof and informal assessment for teacher’s to guide the learning. Here are the Top 10 things to consider when preparing to establish the use…
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The Ultimate Guide to Manipulatives

The Ultimate Guide to Manipulatives
As teachers, we know that manipulatives are vital to helping students develop an understanding of new concepts. We also know that student misuse of manipulatives can easily stress us out. To avoid the feeling of wanting all manipulatives to disappear…
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Math Norms – Why have them?

Math Norms – Why have them?
What are math norms? Math norms are a set of expectations established to increase active participation of all students and teachers. They are set in a positive tone and applied to all situations all the time. Math norms should be…
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Subitizing, A funny name for a serious topic!

Subitizing, A funny name for a serious topic!
Subitizing comes from the Latin word for "suddenly" and refers to our ability to instantly see how many dots or objects exist in front of them. Without counting, are you able to instantly recognize what number you rolled when you…
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Connecting Academics and Parents – Measurement 3rd Grade

Connecting Academics and Parents – Measurement 3rd Grade
In 3rd grade students are developing understanding of measuring length with fractions, time and elapsed time, and displaying measurement data on a line plot. Students have previous experiences in prior grades with measuring length, telling time to the nearest 5…
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Are Timed Tests Effective Tools for Teaching Fact Fluency?

Are Timed Tests Effective Tools for Teaching Fact Fluency?
"Drilling with out understanding is harmful. I'm not saying math facts aren't important. I'm saying math facts are best learned when we understand them and use them in different situations."  Jo Boaler, Stanford University Read the trending article about her research…
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Ten Frames – Why they are awesome!

Ten Frames – Why they are awesome!
Ten-frames are a simple graphic tool that allow children to "see" number values.  They are used in Pre-K through 2nd grade to represent values, build an understanding of ten, relate ten to place value in numbers greater than ten, help…
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A Different Angle on Basic Facts

A Different Angle on Basic Facts
Many kids who struggle to learn their basic facts often believe there are hundreds of facts to be learned because they do not understand the relationship between the facts and between the operations.  A tool that can help students learn…
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Adding from Left to Right? What’s up with That?

Adding from Left to Right? What’s up with That?
As you all know there are many reasons to teach students different strategies and algorithms.  We want our children to find the most efficient and accurate method that works for them.  As teachers and parents, we want to encourage our…
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